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nuFlip - A do-it-yourself wireless light switch adapter

A light switch adapter that you can install yourself and operate using smart-phone!

nuFlip - A do-it-yourself wireless light switch adapter

A light switch adapter that you can install yourself and operate using smart-phone!

$1,266
pledged of $2,150pledged of $2,150 goal
24
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 14 2014
Last updated October 14, 2014

About

Why nuFlip?

We always wanted to integrate personal mobile device with everyday life. 

So we came up with this awesome idea of wireless light switch that you can install yourself.

It is so simple that anyone can assemble it! No Electrician needed.

  • Flip switch On/Off from smartphone
  • Configure app to turn On the lights automatically when your phone is in vicinity
  • From app, find whether switch is On or Off
  • Manual On/Off button (if your phone is not with you)
  • Built in rechargeable battery, no maintenance required
  • Runs over a month on single charge
  • Works with conventional US and Canadian switches

Designed for the Maker in you

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nuFlip parts are easy to assemble. There will be instructions and assembly videos to show how to assemble.

The face-plate has simple mounting and it is also customizable. You can use the face-plate that comes with the kit or make your own and customize it for your decor. Use a picture frame or a laser etched wood, or a 3D printed object - even a 3D model of your cat!

Templates for the face-plate (2D and 3D design files) will be available to jump-start your unique face-plate.

Easy to Install

Easy Install - No Electrician Needed!
Easy Install - No Electrician Needed!

Face-Plate Options

nuFlip Face-Plates
nuFlip Face-Plates


For face-plates, a wide selection of arts (backgrounds and quotes) will be available to choose from. (We will contact you for your choice when we get your address and shipping information).

The picture here shows face-plate for 1-Gang switch, whereas face-plate for 2-Gang switches and 3-Gang switches will be proportionately wider.

How nuFlip works

Technically, nuFlip is an internal miniature robotic arm, coupled with an electronic controller. This controller is battery powered to operate your switch. The controller will listen remotely for commands from your smart-phone, and flip the switch On or Off. (It uses Bluetooth Low Energy Technology).

Benefits is electrical isolation and control of any device on a conventional switch!

nuFlip Controller board
nuFlip Controller board

The robotic arm is mounted in a compact assembly of plastic housing with precision linkages.

mounts and linkages
mounts and linkages

nuFlip is Portable

nuFlip simply attaches on top of your existing switch fixture. You can remove it quickly and relocate it elsewhere.

Do you want to turn nuFlip into an IoT device?

You can simply control nuFlip from a smart phone, or turn it into an IoT (Internet of Things) device. Add your Raspberry Pi with BLE dongle to connect it to Internet. The communication protocol for nuFlip is simple to use and it will be open for developers.

As an IoT device, you can:

  • Turn nuFlip On or Off from Internet
  • Monitor its state and battery capacity from Internet
Connect as IoT device
Connect as IoT device

nuFlip design and development

nuFlip development and testing is being done in our office in the West End of Richmond, VA.

The longevity test we conducted flipped the switch On and Off for about 30000 times (no failures - we just stopped the test then).

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nuFlip undergoing longevity test

Amazing apps for smart-phone

nuFlip apps are under development. These apps will work on Android Phones (with Bluetooth LE), iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Use nuFlip apps to:

  • Configure switches and their locations in your home,
  • Configure security settings,
  • Configure auto on/off settings based on vicinity of your phone,
  • Turn the switch On or Off,
  • View current On/Off status, battery capacity, etc.
nuFlip App
nuFlip App

(If your phone is not handy, you can still turn it on/off - use the press-button at the bottom).

What is a Gang? And how does it relate to nuFlip?

Switch Gangs and nuFlip
Switch Gangs and nuFlip

Difference between 1 Gang Kit and 2, 3 Gang Kit:

The 2 and 3 Gang Kits will have 2 and 3 miniature arms respectively, operating each switch independently. The face plate will be proportionately larger.

Face Plate dimensions:

1 Gang Kit: 2.76 inches x 6 inches

2 Gang Kit: 4.64 inches x 6 inches

3 Gang Kit: 6.5 inches x 6 inches

Technical Specs

  • Communication: Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as BLE, or Bluetooth Smart, or Bluetooth 4.0).
  • Battery: On-board rechargeable LiPo (battery included).
  • Battery capacity: 1 month of normal operation on single charge.
  • Charging: Micro-USB port located at the bottom (charge it using standard USB charger or smart-phone charger).
  • Low Battery Indicator: Red LED at the bottom (also notification on your phone).
  • Works With: (As of now) North American toggle light switches only.
  • Security: Bluetooth Passcode Enabled (you can change Passcode)
  • Range: 50 feet

Manual On/Off Switch at the bottom

Manual On-Off switch at the bottom
Manual On-Off switch at the bottom

Your Support

The nuFlip adapter design is done, and now we are working on manufacturing plan. Your help will go a long way to pay for the tooling and setup costs for the first production run.

Our timeline:

09/18/2014 - Alpha model tests are in progress.

10/10/2014 - Test batch verification

Early November - Send Surveys to collect addresses

Mid-November - Receive Survey Results.

Late-November - Beta ready for shipping

Early-December - Production ready for shipping

Delivery Before Christmas!

Shipping

We have been shipping all over the world from our websites: openelectrons.com and mindsensors.com, and we will go through the same shipping system to send your reward to you.

Risks and challenges

OpenElectrons.com has designed several Arduino, Raspberry Pi and LEGO Mindstorms products in the past and based on that experience, we are confident we will deliver a quality product.

As with any hardware project there is inherent risk of delay which can happen due to loose links in supply chain. However we have taken every step required and built contingency in the plan so that end customer will not be affected by these delays.

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    WELL WISHER - A big thank you for your support!
    We will add your name to our 'Thank you' webpage for our supporters, at: http://www.openelectrons.com/nuFlip

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    nuFlip ONE GANG KIT - kit includes the controller board, battery, servo, mounting hardware for one gang switch and a face-plate. We will ship this by mid-December from Richmond VA.

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    nuFlip TWO GANG KIT - A nuFlip Kit to operate switches on 2-Gang fixture - kit includes the controller board, battery, servos, mounting hardware for panel of gang of two switches and a face-plate for the same. We will ship this by mid-December from Richmond VA.

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    nuFlip CONTEMPORARY HOME KIT - includes three ONE GANG KITS and two TWO GANG KITS and one THREE GANG KIT.

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